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CR October issue: set in stone

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Posted by Creative Review, 22 September 2011, 10:01    Permalink    Comments (10)

The October issue of Creative Review features a cover set in granite and concrete. The design ties in with our feature on Blackpool's Comedy Carpet, the latest typographical installation by artist Gordon Young and design studio Why Not Associates

If you would like to buy this issue and are based in the UK, you can search for your nearest stockist here. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine.

The Comedy Carpet features sketches and catchphrases from some of the many comedians to have performed in Blackpool over the years (some of our pages on it are shown above). To create the carpet, which has been installed on the seafront across from the Blackpool Tower, letters were cut from granite and concrete at a special factory set up by Young and Why Not in Hull. The letters were then arranged on paper layout sheets and concrete poured around them to set them into paving slabs.

For our cover this month, Andy Altmann of Why Not took our coverlines, created a layout, had the letters cut at the Hull factory and then shot the result at PSC in London.

The back cover shows an in-progress shot.

And in this month's Gallery competition, you can win a red granite off cut from the Comedy Carpet project

Inside the issue, our main profile is on New York-based Jake Barton whose studio is currently engaged in creating the interactive exhibits for the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York

Plus the BBC's Duncan Swain talks us through the design of the corporation's global iPad iPlayer app

Gavin Lucas leads s discussion on the changing nature of 'guerilla advertising'

Eliza Wiiliams looks at the art world's new-found respect for the power of branding

And Emma Tucker interviews music video collective Canada

In Crit, Andy Cameron visits Ars Electronica in Austria, where the exhibits included a special suit for extracting phosphorous from the wearer's urine and a scheme to allow pigeons to defecate detergent

Michael Evamy's logo column this month looks at Google's ubiquitous Android

Jon Daniel calls for black designers and creatives to celebrate their role models, such as Archie Boston, whose self-promotional ads tackled race head on

And Gordon Comstock experiences pangs of guilt over the August riots

Jon Daniel was also responsible for our Monograph this month which draws on his collection of stamps celebrating the African diaspora – soon to be an exhibition as Post Colonial at Stanley Gibbons in London


Keen-eyed readers will also notice that each section of this issue is printed on a different paper stock, all suppplied by Denmaur. At the beginning of each section, a page details the stock used alongside one of a series of illustrations from Handsome Frank's stable of artists telling the sory of paper from forest to printed page (illustrations below by Stephen Cheetham and Malika Favre)

If you would like to buy this issue and are based in the UK, you can search for your nearest stockist here. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine.


Will the comedy carpet be a permanent feature in Blackpool? Looks vast!
Liam C
2011-09-22 11:20:22

actually looks like I might purchase this CR... first time in about 5 years.

2011-09-22 12:15:00

@ Tom

Thanks - a lot of past readers have been coming back in the last few months. Print lives!

@ Liam C
Apparently it should last at least 100 years
CR PatrickBurgoyne
2011-09-22 12:18:26

@ Patrick & team, Congrats on the cover and Comedy Carpet story/coverage – beautifully done!
Luke Tonge
2011-09-22 15:24:50

For the first time since I was a kid, I actually want to go to Blackpool! The Comedy Carpet looks amazing and such a good idea. And with the recently opened, but unfortunately named, Blackpool Tower Eye, I think they'll be attracting more of the kind of tourists they want in future.
2011-09-22 16:19:16

@ Luke

Thank you. Much appreciated
CR PatrickBurgoyne
2011-09-22 17:22:15

Jake Barton work for 911 just sounds incredible and challenging, love the illustration on the start of the profile about the work. Very clever and moving.
2011-09-25 18:33:09

Great feature by Gavin Lucas on the Comedy Carpet, will be heading up to Blackpool soon to check it out.
Joe G
2011-09-26 11:06:21

Just read this today. Amazing work on the Comedy Carpet. Looking forward to seeing it for real.
Web Design Kent
2011-09-29 17:10:09

After a talk last year from Andy Altmann at our University, myself and 2 of my housemates rushed off to look at the comedy carpet. We were so excited that we didn't think to check if it was finished wasn't.
We did see bits of it, not installed yet. We had to try and look through scaffolding!
We have now got plans of going again, knowing its defiantly finished now! So excited to see it for real.
Charlotte Bryan
2011-10-01 19:25:12

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